Monday, November 20, 2017

Covered in white / 白い景色 Nov. 20

Ok.  Snow for real this time.  

When I went out on the balcony to check the temperature outside before we went out for a walk this morning, I realized that half of the streets were covered in white... snow!!!

The smell of other dogs and other animals stays more on the snow.  Kaiya and Mato sniffed around intensively even more than usual.

ついに 積もったよぉ〜 ちょっとだけど。

今朝起きて 散歩に出る前にバルコニーに出て外の温度を確かめようと思ったら なんか白い。雪だよ。積もったよ。

雪が積もると 雪を通った後のいろんな動物の臭いが残るから いつもに増してクンクン。


Chilli and Mato had fun at the dog park.  They got their favorite mitten of Carina's and chased after each other ;)

ドッグランでは カリーナの手袋をめぐってシリィとMatoが追いかけっこだよぉ〜!




Right after we came out from the dog park, Bianca came !!!

We wanted to go back to the dog park to let them play together since it's been a long seeing Bianca.

Unfortunately, she had her heat so this time we said hi and then bye right a way.

All three were fixated on Bianca. lol

さて先へ進もうと ドッグランを出たら 後ろからビアンカが来たー!!!

でも ビアンカはヒート中だったから ちょっと挨拶したら バイバイしたよぉ〜!

みんなでビアンカをガン見!( ´ ▽ ` )
Kaiya (left)                  Mato (right)

Kaiya (left)                     Mato (right)

Kaiya


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Visiting Arrow and Margareta / アローとマルガレータの家へ Nov. 19

How was everyone's weekend??

We had a nice and laid back weekend... as usual :))

みんな週末はいかがお過ごしたかのぉ〜??

うちはなかなかゆったりまったりな週末・・・っていつも通りかw

On Saturday, daddy and I went to see Arrow and Margareta who moved a month and a half ago...we left Kaiya and Mato at home so that Arrow could be left undisturbed...Arrow gets little shaky when there's a male dog around.

They actually moved to the other side of the water which means very close from their old apartment...it probably takes the same to get to their new apartment from our place and to the old one from our place.

Margareta does really nice work on decorating her apartment and I just love every part of it.

And of course we did fika and spent very cozy and nice time with them ;))

土曜日は1ヶ月半くらい前に引っ越したアローとマルガレータのとこに遊びに行って来たよぉ!あんまり他のオスが得意じゃないArrowくんが落ち着かないだろうから KaiyaとMatoはお家でお留守番してもらった。

引っ越したって行っても橋渡った反対側のめっちゃ近くに引っ越しただけだから 前住んでたとこに行くのと 新しいとこに行くのも 家からだと同じくらいの時間、多分5分、で行けちゃうとこw

マルガレータのとこはいつもインテリアが素敵〜!ここに住みたいわ〜(笑)

んでもってもちろんフィーカして楽しい時間を過ごしたよぉ!



Living room

Arrow sleeping in his bed

Bed room

Kitchen and dining


Finally, Arrow got up and we played for a while.  He loved it when I chased after him ;)))

やっと起きて来たアローとは 追いかけっこして遊んだのだ!
Arrow



This morning, we went for a long walk.

We walked and walked and walked in the cold weather but we warmed ourselves up pretty good by power walking.

I decided to walk where we usually didn't go to so they were busy sniffing all the time.

そして日曜の今日は 朝はながーい散歩に行って来たよぉ〜!

さっむーい中歩いて歩いて歩いて パワーウォークが効いていい感じに体が温まったぁ〜!

いつも行かないとこを散歩しよぉって来たから お2人は臭い取りに忙しそう。
Kaiya (left)          Mato (right)

Mato

Mato (front)             Kaiya (behind)

Mato

Kaiya (front)          Mato (behind)

Kaiya

Kaiya (left)                 Mato (right)

Kaiya


Mato



"Mommy, are you gonna give me some treat???  I'm sitting!!!"

"マミーなんかくれるの?! 座ってるよぉ〜!" って背筋ピーンの踏ん反り返ってのどや顔Mato(笑)
Mato


"Me, too, Mommy!"

"私も座ってますが。" のクールなKaiya。
Kaiya

Mommy's getting really hungry! Let's go home now! 

マミーのお腹がかなり空いたから帰るぞぉ〜!!!
Mato (left)                Kaiya (right)


Friday, November 17, 2017

Mato and Mittens / Matoと手袋 Nov. 16

We took a walk with Chilli again in the morning!

Mato loves mittens.   He's sneaking up on Carina for the mitten. lol  Mommy's watching you, Mato!!

またシリィとあさんぽ!

手袋が好きなMato。カリーナの手袋がどうしても気になるらしく狙ってます(笑)

Kaiya (left)             Mato (right)

Mato

Mato (left)            Kaiya (right)


It's pretty much minus every morning.  Streets are icy and very slippery since they haven't sanded the road yet.  But mommy's riding the bike as usual.

This is one of the place I pass by every morning when I go to work.  It was such a beautiful view with the sun, the lake and all...but I couldn't get a good shot of it while I was on the bike...sorry ;p

朝はマイナスだし 寒くて道は凍ってて まだ道に砂撒かれてないから 滑りやすいんだけど 相変わらず自転車乗ってるマミーだよぉ〜。

仕事行くとき毎日通る道〜。朝日が出て綺麗なのをお伝えしたかったけど 自転車乗りながらだったからうまく撮れなかったぁ。がビーン(´;Д;`)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

We all missed each other! / みんな嬉しさマックス! Nov. 15

We took a morning walk with Chilli for the first time in a long time!

今朝はひっさしぶりにシリィとお散歩だったよぉ〜!!!
Kaiya


Both Kaiya and Mato were very happy to see Chilli's mama Carina! Of course Carina was super happy to see them, too ;)

2人ともシリィのママのカリーナに会えて嬉しそう〜! いつも可愛がってくれるカリーナも久しぶりに2人に会えて嬉しそうだったよぉ〜!
Mato (left)                    Kaiya (right) 


Chilli who usually doesn't get excited easily was also happy that he was actually running around :)

滅多にはしゃがないシリィも今日は走り回ってた〜!( ´ ▽ ` )
Mato


Snow? / 雪? Nov. 14

Cold.  Very cold.

寒い。非常に寒い。
Kaiya (left)                       Mato (right)


White.  Almost everywhere is white.

白い。非常に白い。
Kaiya


Everything on the ground became frosty and white!!

霜が降りて 地面が白い。
Mato


Mato


The sun is coming out!

あ!太陽出て来た〜!
Kaiya


Wow!!!!!   I glanced at the water in the lake...it's ice!!!

No wonder it was so cold this morning!

!!!!!・・・ふと湖に目をやってみたら 凍ってた・・・。

そりゃ 寒いわけだな。
Kaiya

Mato


And I heard that it snowed in the afternoon!

I was at work so I didn't noticed but one of the dog friends mom told me that it did.

That's why it was so icy and slippery..... it's gonna be more of this and gets even harder to walk :(

午後はどうやら雪が降ったらしいよ〜!

私は見なかったけど 夕方散歩してたら 道路がやたら白くて滑りやすいから何かと思ったら 犬友のママさんが降ったって教えてくれた。

これから どんどん地面が凍って滑りやすくなって 歩きにくくなるのぉ・・・トホホ。


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Cloudy dark day / 曇りで暗い日 Nov. 12

Dark.  Cloudy and dark.  All the photos became blurry.

Despite the weather, my blackies were energetic and chasing each other ;)

今日は暗い。曇りで暗すぎ。写真が全部ボケた( ´Д`)

でも お二人とも元気に走り回ってたよぉ〜!
Mato (left)      Kaiya (right)


Kaiya (left)        Mato (right)

Kaiya

Mato

Kaiya

Mato

Mato (left)            Kaiya (right)

Mato

Kaiya


Daddy and I went to town in the afternoon.

This is in front of the department store NK.  Christmas lights and decorations are appearing little by little everywhere.

午後は久しぶりに町の方まで行って来たよぉ〜。

NKって言うデパートの前。 徐々にクリスマス仕様になって来てる〜。


Alex / アレックス

My dad and mom's dog Alex passed away yesterday morning (November 11th) in Japan time.

He was only 10 years old...too early... I thought I'd get to see him when I go to Japan again.

At the late moment, he was with mom and dad.  I'm glad that he wasn't alone.

Dad told me there was a beautiful rainbow in the sky when he passed away.

He must've cross that rainbow to go to the heaven.

日本時間の11月11日の朝に 実家のアレックスが息を引き取りました。

まだ10歳で 早すぎる・・・これからまた日本に行くときに会えるとばっかり思ってたのに。

最期はママとパパのそばにいられたみたいで よかった。

亡くなったときには綺麗な虹が空に出てたらしいよ。

虹に乗って虹の橋へ行ったのかな。

Alex sleeping peacefully in dad's arms.
パパの腕の中で安らかに眠っているアレックス。
Jay saying good bye to Alex.
アレックスにお別れするジェイ。


When I first met Alex was at a pet shop in Japan. 

He was already 8 months old and as big as a full-grown dog....which makes it even harder to find someone who would take him...

When I look at him, he had such sad eyes and I couldn't just leave him there...who knows what would've happen to him if he was left there even longer...

We had just lost a Sheltie girl named Annie, and we welcomed this Sheltie boy Alex to Sakurai family 10 years ago.

アレックスと出会ったのは日本のペットショップで。

誰の目にも止まらなかったらしくもうすでに8ヶ月たっていて アレックスだけ成犬に近い大きさの子。

なんだか悲しい目をしていて いてもたってもいられず家へ連れて行くことにしちゃった私。

前に飼っていたシェルティーのアニーが亡くなって寂しくなっていた10年前の櫻井家にシェルティーのアレックスという家族が増えました。

He probably didn't have proper daily walk when he was at the pet shop.  He was scared of everything.  He was too scared to go throw the little alley in order to go to the main road from our house that we had to carry him every time. lol

きっとペットショップにいた頃にはちゃんとお散歩に連れて行ってもらってなかったんじゃないかな とにかく臆病な子で 家の敷地から表へ出る細い路地は最初抱えて行かないと 自分からは歩こうとしなかった〜w
He had lighter shorter coat when he was young.
まだ家に来たばっかりの幼少の時は毛も短くて色が薄かった〜。

A couple of months later, he had no longer sad eyes.  He was smiling with mom ;)

数ヶ月したら 目に輝きが戻って いい顔するようになったよぉ〜!
Alex and Mom
アレックスとママ
Alex and Dad
アレックスとパパ
He knows that dad would give him some treats.
パパはオヤツくれるから 背筋ピーンでお座り。
That's why he let him do this :p
こんなことされても許しちゃうw


He was such a kind boy and made friends, too.

優しい子に育って 友達もいたよぉ〜。
With Kurobe, my relative's dog.
近所に住む親戚のとこの甲斐犬クロベエ。

Though he was sometime too much for Jay, and Jay got mad at him time to time ;p

先住犬のミニピンのジェイには よくちょっかいを出して怒られてたけどね(笑)


Last year, he kindly play with Mato and look at this trio :)

去年はMatoとも一緒に遊んでくれて 甘えん坊男子トリオだったよぉ〜!


2 years ago, my brother and I put fences around the house so that Alex and Jay can freely be in the garden during the day.  Every time somebody comes to the house, he friendly welcomed her/him.  (That's why he got a lot of treats from everyone and he was little overweight lately. lol)

一昨年に日本に帰国した時に 弟と一緒に実家の敷地の周りをフェンスで囲って 庭全体で自由に遊べるようにしたから 誰かお客さんが入ってくると人懐っこくお出迎えしてくれてたんだよぉ〜。(そのおかげで いろんな人からオヤツをもらって 最近はだいぶ肥えていたらしいw)



 Last year when I was in Japan, the trio and I took a walk everyday ;)

去年帰国時は いつも甘えん坊男子トリオと私の4人でお散歩したよぉ〜!


When we went to by the river, I took the leash off but he wasn't like Kaiya and Mato at all who run and run real fast and chase each other.  He just walked little faster elegantly ;)
河原に行った時はノーリードにしてあげてたけど KaiyaやMatoみたいに全力疾走するってことはなくて いつも優雅に早歩きな感じのアレックス( ´ ▽ ` )


Last year, in November, when I left Japan, I told him to take care of mom, dad, uncle and Jay and promised to see each other soon.  But I didn't think this was gonna be the last time.

去年の11月帰国したときに "ママとパパとおじちゃんとジェイのことよろしくな!またな!" ってお別れして まさかこれが最後になるとは。


I wanted to take a walk on our regular route together again.

また一緒にいつもの散歩道を散歩したかった〜。

Rest in peace Alex.  We'll see each other again!

虹の橋でリリーやレッドたちと待っててな!またいつか会える日まで!